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Does Spray Foam Insulation Need Venting?

does spray foam insulation need venting

Does spray foam insulation need venting? The importance of adequate airflow should not be undermined, especially during installation, when there’s the possible potential for off gassing. We explore the subject of spray foam application, and how this multi-purpose miracle offers a welcome breath of fresh air to homes...

What Is Spray Foam Insulation?

A 100% water blown product, spray foam provides an effective barrier against mould, mildew, and a whole lot more besides.

The performance of spray foam insulation means that humid indoor/outdoor air is restricted from entering, and consequently, condensing.

This ensures that moisture entrapment and build-up within the wall and ceiling cavities is radically reduced.

The result? Increased structural integrity, and an all round healthier home.

does spray foam insulation need venting
One common concern among homeowners is the time said foam takes to cure. On average, independent studies have indicated that this takes as little as 24 hours

How Is Spray Foam Installed?

And now for the technical part! Spray foam is installed by fully trained, licensed contractors, who spray the solution into the designated cracks, gaps and crevices of the open, building envelope.

We’re talking: studded walls, ceilings and floors primarily, although it should also be noted that spray foam can also insulate hard-to-reach places, such as around plumbing and pipework.

This provides a pleasing contrast to traditional materials, which are unable to accommodate the demands of more intricate, building designs, limiting such properties heat retention potential in the process.

For renovation projects, spray foam also proves brilliantly beneficial.

In these instances, Icynene LD-CP-50 pour foam solution is used. It is simply injected into small holes drilled into plaster or gypsum faced walls.

Alternatively, it can also be applied from the outside of the wall as well. It’s all just a matter of whichever provides the easiest access to the cavities.

How Long Does It Take To Cure?

Upon application, spray foam works its magic in as little as 4-10 seconds, expanding up to 100 times its original size, to provide a highly superior seal.

One common concern among homeowners is the time said foam takes to cure. On average, independent studies have indicated that this takes as little as 24 hours.

During this time, it’s essential that you keep your loft access closed, as well as ensuring adequate air flow inside of your property.

After the 24 hours are over, the curing process is complete.

Are There Any Harmful Emissions?

Unfortunately, spray foam substitutes abound-and so do the horror stories of off gassing and toxic emissions. We’re here to set the record straight, and separate fact from fiction.

The truth of the matter is that legitimate spray foam solutions, such as Icynene, are safe for both you and your home. The majority of such products are water-blown, and do not emit harmful HFCs or HCFCs.

Need any further convincing?

Studies in North America have shown that following installation, no VOCs are detected after 30 days.

Good news for your home, and good news for the surrounding environment.

does spray foam insulation need venting
Contrary to popular belief, condensation that’s present in the roof-space is not normally a building fault; it’s simply a sign of everyday activities, which, produce a large amount of water vapour on a daily basis!

Why Spray Foam Offers The Ultimate Breath Of Fresh Air?

It’s no secret that spray foam improves indoor air quality immeasurably. But just how does it go about achieving this aim?

Put simply, by giving moisture its marching orders.

Contrary to popular belief, condensation that’s present in the roof-space is not normally a building fault; it’s simply a sign of everyday activities, which, produce a large amount of water vapour on a daily basis.

If the warm air can’t escape through an open window or air vent, it swaggers its way around all the available space until it finds a cool surface, where, consequently, it cools and forms droplets of moisture.

At this point, our good, old friend condensation, rears it’s ugly head.

And spray foam comes to the rescue, once more.

Upgrade your existing insulation the eays way with the help of Home Logic. Simply call 0800 1700 636 or click the button below to get started today!